Concrete Cowboy is a 2020 American Western film directed by Ricky Staub, with a screenplay by Staub and Dan Walser, based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri. It stars Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Method Man.
Concrete Cowboy had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2020, and was released on Netflix on April 2, 2021.
Concrete Cowboy is a drama inspired by the Stables of Fletcher Street. Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), 15, is taken to live with his estranged father (Idris Elba) in North Philadelphia. There, he discovers the city’s vibrant urban cowboy culture that has existed for more than 100 years, providing a safe haven for the neighborhood despite poverty and violence.
The ‘Concrete Cowboy’ movie is about a relatively unknown group among us Brazilians, but it has an incredible history. Black cowboys from Philadelphia, city in Pennsylvania, USA.
It is a story of racism, gentrification and resistance in one of the hearts of the empire. Finally, this important narrative became a feature, starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin (‘Stranger Things’) and is available on Netflix.
A True Story
The film tells the story of the stables. They eventually became, thanks to these cowboys, one of the main places of organization, refuge, and income for Philadelphia’s blacks. To this day, Fletcher Street, where most of ‘Concrete Cowboy’ takes place, is one of the haunts of this fight. Several social projects are carried out by cowboys seeking to maintain this tradition.
“Concrete Cowboy” has had good ratings after its release on Netflix, averaging 77% in ratings and critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Idris Elba as Harp
Caleb McLaughlin as Cole
Jharrel Jerome as Smush
Lorraine Toussaint as Nessie
Byron Bowers as Rome
Clifford “Method Man” Smith as Leroy
Ivannah-Mercedes as Esha
Devenie Young as Trina
Peter Shields and Aidan White as Drug Deal Buyers
In August 2019, it was announced that Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Method Man have joined the film’s cast, with Ricky Staub directing his debut directing a screenplay by him and Dan Wasler , based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri. Elba and Lee Daniels were producers on the film. The role of Amahle was originally written to be a drug addict, and when Liz Priestley auditioned for the role, she racked up a few days of sleep deprivation to make her performance believable. Later, the character was rewritten to be a nurse.
Filming began in North Philadelphia in August 2019. Staub came up with the idea for the film when he saw a man riding a horse on a street in Philadelphia, which led him to research the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club and discover Neri’s book.
The film was set to have its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2020, before its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its world premiere was then at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2020. In October 2020, Netflix acquired the film distribution rights for a 2021 release. In March 2021, it was announced that the film would be released on April 2, 2021.
On review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 78% approval rating based on 83 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site’s critics’ consensus says, “Well-acted and solidly directed, Concrete Cowboy brings an old-fashioned high with its father-son story in a little-seen corner of American culture.” On Metacritic, it has an average score of 68 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating “generally favorable ratings”.